Really pleased to announce that Gathering Disciples: Essays in Honor of Christopher J. Ellis is now published. It's actually been out for the last month, but have had to keep quiet about it, until today, for this evening we have presented Chris with a copy of the book. This is my first proper book, edited with Myra Blyth (Chaplain and Tutor in Worship at Regent's Park College, Oxford). It offers a set of essays that celebrate the contribution Chris has made to Baptist life. On its own, I think, it also offers a fantastic set of essays on Baptist theology and practice. The book is set around a selection of Chris' hymns, each chapter begins with a hymn, which sets the topic and engagement of the essay that follows. Hopefully it will see Chris' hymns find their way into worship services.
The contributors are a mix of colleagues, peers and familyl, as well as, some new younger theologians.
Please feel free to purchase a copy!
Foreword by Neville Callam
1 “Help Us to Search for Truth”: Baptists and Doing Theology —Robert Ellis
2 “The Lord Is Here”: How Worship Confronts the Powers —Craig Gardiner
3 “God of Love We Praise You”: Baptist Worship and Congregational Song —Shona Shaw
4 “In Obedient Living Find Your Home”: Reflections on Baptists and Discipleship —Paul Goodliff
5 “Your Will Be Always Done”: Congregational Discernment as Contextual Discipleship —Stuart Blythe
6 “Seeing Ourselves We Could Be”: Baptist Interpretations of Scripture on the Complementarity of Male and Female —Beth Allison-Glenny
7 “The Water Buries Like a Tomb”: Baptists and Baptism —Sally Nelson
8 “A Sign of Unity”: The Changing Theology and Practice of Lord’s Supper amongst British Baptists —Myra Blyth
9 “To Become the Future Now”: Baptists Being Shaped by the Table —Ashley Lovett
10 “We are Gathered with the Millions”: Celebrating the Communion of Saints —Ruth Gouldbourne
11 “We Need Each Other”: The Ecumenical Engagement of European Baptists —Tony Peck
12 “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”: The Triune Creator in Hymn and Theology —Paul S. Fiddes
13 “The Ground on Which we Dare to Build”: Putting Calvinism to Work —Nigel G. Wright
14 “Missionary God”: The Place of Mission amongst British Baptists —Andy Goodliff
"Gathering Disciples is not only a well-deserved celebration of the contributions of Baptists' most significant liturgical theologian--it serves as a splendid showcase of the impressive theological work now being done by Baptist theologians in, with, and for their own tradition but also in, with, and for the whole church. An indispensable resource for the renewal of ecclesial life in Baptist and Free Church communities and for the ecumenical reception of the theological gifts these communities offer to the global church."
--Steven R. Harmon, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
"Christopher Ellis's theology provides the beautiful through-line for a collection of essays on worship, ecumenism, doctrine, and life that sings in a distinctive Baptist key. Gathering Disciples is a celebration of scholarship and a testament of love: one that deserves to be read by thoughtful Christians from every tradition."
--Melanie Ross, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School
"In celebrating the work of Christopher Ellis, this collection offers a fascinating kaleidoscope of themes and thinkers in contemporary Baptist theology. More to that, however, it is a significant contribution to the wider conversations in Christian theology. Organized around the notion of 'sung theology,' this volume is a convincing illustration of the role of worship in both shaping and reflecting our faith."
--Lina Toth (Andronoviene), Scottish Baptist College